Promoting excellence in public participation in Southern Africa

Opportunity to serve on the IAP2SA board of directors

Join the 2015 board!Do you also sometimes feel the profession of Public Participation Practitioner doesn’t get the respect it deserves?Through trust building and effective consultation, the important stakeholder engagement work you do can save time and money and improve the ultimate designs of projects.

However, too often it is perceived as a regulatory, box-ticking exercise, or even as a burden to progress. The only way we can change this is by promoting our governing body, IAP2 Southern Africa, and working together to get the accreditation we deserve.

Help us shape the next four years of IAP2SA

IAP2SA, the regional affiliate of IAP2 – the leading international professional body for public participation practitioners – is now four years old.  Some of the board members have been active from the inception of the affiliate and have helped us achieve exciting and significant milestones. Now it is time to invite some new members to serve on the board.

If you are passionate about the Public Participation profession and would like to play a role in building the affiliate, we believe this work has never been more important than it is today. We therefore need you! All that’s required is passion and a wish to build recognition of our discipline.

What it entails

Although the Executive Committee, consisting of a Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, have a fair amount of work to do, the hours required from board members are not excessive. While we do ask that each director plays an active role in the work of the affiliate, we pride ourself on supporting each other as a team and offering an opportunity for our members to learn and grow with the organization.

Board meetings are mostly via telecom and take place about six times a year. You can read more about the different portfolios here.

If you feel you can add value to any of these, please contact us. We would really like your fresh ideas to grow the affiliate. We also welcome nominations of any person you feel may add value to the board, please send details of such a person, then we can approach them and invite them to join the board!

 

The closing date for nominations to the 2015 board is 3 March 2015

To submit your nomination or ask a question, please do not hesitate to get in touch via admin@iap2sa.org.

IAP2 SA Board

Board members and supporters of IAP2SA at 2013 AGM, hosted by the Johannesburg Development Agency

 

Jacqui Davis joins the IAP2SA board to support Treasury portfolio

Jacqueline Davis

Jacqueline Davis

Jacqueline Davis joined the board of IAP2SA in January 2015 to support the Treasury portfolio. Welcome Jacqui! We’re thrilled to have you in the team.

We hope to see more new faces elected as directors at our next Annual General Meeting, which will take place in April. If you’re interested to nominate yourself or someone you know, email admin@iap2sa.org. We would love to hear from you.

Jacqui completed her Bachelor’s degree in Science in Environmental Sciences at the University of Pretoria in 2005, and her BSc Honours degree in Geography with EIA and Auditing cum laude in 2006. Her dissertation was entitled “Rock Properties and Weathering at Battle Cave, KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg: Implications for Rock Art Deterioration”.

From 2007 to 2011 Jacqui enjoyed a brief opportunity to lecture at the University of Pretoria for six months in between working for a Climate Change Research Group conducting research within the discipline of Geomorphology in Antarctica, Marion Island, and the Abisko Mountains in Sweden, and co-authored a number of peer-reviewed journal articles. In 2012 to 2013 she overwintered for a third time on Marion Island, in the sub- Antarctic, as the Prince Edward Island’s first dedicated Environmental Control Officer. Jacqui joined Ken Smith under KSE Services for an internship in 2013, and shortly thereafter joined the uKhozi Environmentalists team as a Junior Environmental Scientist and Administrative Director.

Journal of Public Deliberation, latest issue released

The Editors at the Journal of Public Deliberation are excited to announce that a new issue is now available at Public Deliberation.

Visit http://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/

This issue highlights deliberative and participatory practices in Colombia, Italy, South Korea, and Spain as well as the U.S. The articles examine a range of approaches including participatory budgeting, citizen juries, national issues forums, study circles, and informal community organizing. This issue offers advances in research methods and theory, and includes one reflection from the field and three book reviews. Thank you to the authors and all the reviewers for their hard work on this issue. Here is the Table of Contents, go to the site to see the articles.

Journal of Public Deliberation, Vol. 10 Issue 2

Articles
“Public Deliberation and co-production in the political and electoral arena: A Citizens’ Jury approach” by Greg Munno and Tina Nabatchi
“On the westerness of deliberation research” by Seong-Jae Min
“Reason-giving in deliberative forums” by Brian E. Adams
“Mommy groups as sites for deliberation in everyday speech” by Windy Yvonne Lawrence and Benjamin R. Bates
“Deliberative transformative moments: A new concept as amendment to the Discourse Quality Index” by Maria Clara Jaramillo and Jurg Steiner
“What explains the success of participatory budgeting? Evidence from Seoul autonomous districts” by Intae Choi
“Flexibility, argumentation, and confrontation: How deliberative minipublics can affect policies on controversial issues” by Stefania Ravazzi and Gianfranco Pomatto
“Where are the boundaries of deliberation and participation? A transatlantic debate” by Pau Alarcon and Joan Font
Reflection from the Field
“Boosting the local economy of Ashland Ohio” by Louise C. Fleming-Dufala and Kimberly Field Springer

Book Reviews
“Review of Democracy as Popular Sovereignty by Filimon Peonidis” by David McIvor
“Review of Deliberative Systems: Deliberative Democracy at the Large Scale edited by John Parkinson and Jane Mansbridge” by John Min
“Review of Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter by Ilya Somin” by Nicholas Zavediuk

SA projects lead the way at 2014 IAP2 Core Values Awards in Sydney

From left to right: Aldi Muhammad Alizar (IAP2 Indonesia), Herbert Modupi (Yamedupi Solutions), Werner Grundling (Anglo American Platinum), Tim Hart (SRK Consulting), and Dani Modupi (Yamedupi Solutions).

From left to right: Aldi Muhammad Alizar (IAP2 Indonesia), Herbert Modupi (Yamedupi Solutions), Werner Grundling (Anglo American Platinum), Tim Hart (SRK Consulting), and Dani Modupi (Yamedupi Solutions).

Both the winning entries from IAP2SA’s 2014 Awards received acclaim at the International IAP2 Core Values Awards in Sydney on 22 October. SA Project of the Year winner, “Alchemy”, took centre stage by winning Project of the Year at global level.

Anglo American Platinum, SRK Consulting, TTM Consulting and Yamedupi Solutions were selected for the IAP2 Federation International Project of the Year for their entry, “Alchemy: Sustainable Community Futures Beyond Mining Through Mining – Engagement leading to the Establishment of Community Development Trusts”.

Executive Head: Corporate Affairs at Anglo American Platinum, Seara Macheli-Mkhabela said, “Earlier this year we were pleased to receive the IAP2 Core Values Project of the Year Award for Excellence in Public Participation in Southern Africa. We noted that our Alchemy initiative is closely aligned with the core values of IAP2 that describe ongoing, honest and purposeful engagement with communities and stakeholders, informing both project design and the establishment of local community development structures. Against this background we are humbled and greatly encouraged to be the recipient of the International IAP2 Core Values Project of the Year Award”.

Said Ms Nomi Muthialu, IAP2 Federation Presiding Member and member of the board of IAP2SA, “IAP2’s seven Core Values go to the very heart of our association and guide how we think about and practice authentic public participation. The laureates of the 2014 awards represent best practice in our field, and serve as model of excellence for others to emulate.”

Finalists for the “best of the best” international award were gathered from entries submitted by national affiliates in Australasia, Canada, Southern Africa and the United States.

Princess Vlei Forum (Cape Town), which won the “Organisation of the Year” category locally, received Highly Commended recognition for Outstanding Achievement in the Developing World for their entry entitled, “Imagine Princess Vlei”.

The City of Melbourne was selected for the IAP2 Organization of the Year for their entry, “The Way We Do Business”.

CLICK HERE to read the full IAP2 announcement

 

Organisation Bios

Anglo American Platinum Limited is a member of the Anglo American plc Group and is the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals. It is listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. Its operations are in South Africa. Elsewhere the Group owns Unki Platinum Mine in Zimbabwe. Anglo American Platinum has joint ventures with several consortia as part of its commitment to the transformation of the South African mining industry. It is committed to the highest standards of safety and continues to make a sustainable difference in the development of communities around its operations.

SRK Consulting is a leader in natural resource and development solutions, providing independent technical advice and services through over 50 offices worldwide. SRK has a presence in Angola, and practices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The global group employs more than 1,500 staff in a range of engineering, scientific, environmental and social disciplines. A team of environmental, social, development and engagement professionals based in Johannesburg South Africa provides integrated services to the mining and industrial sectors among others.

Transformation, Training and Management Consulting (TTM Consulting) is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It offers customised transformation and change, organisation development and community development solutions that help organisations and communities to thrive to the best of their capability in order to grow and to be sustainable. The founder and Managing Director of TTM is Ms Tshidi Tlale-Malao. The team comprises seven full-time employees and three specialist associates. TTM draws on a network of experienced and diverse consultants, facilitators and coaches.

Yamedupi Solutions was established by Mrs Badanile Modupi and Mr Herbert Modupi. It is based in Benoni, South Africa. The company specializes in the provision of stakeholder engagement services. It also designs and produces documentaries on selected strategic and developmental projects. Yamedupi Solutions works in the mining industry, largely in South Africa. Services have also been provided in other African countries such as Ghana and Namibia. The company has also provided professional services to government departments and has worked in the oil and gas industry.

The Princess Vlei Forum is a nonprofit, non-partisan organisation, comprising individuals and organisations formed to protect a natural park and wetland system in Grassy Park, Cape Town. It was officially constituted on October 31, 2012, but has grown out of a ten year struggle to protect the Princess Vlei, the gateway to a local wetland system, from commercial development.

Winners announced at the 2nd Southern African Core Values Awards for Public Participation

From left to right: Patrick Sithole (Outgoing President of IAIA South Africa), Pravashini Govender (Head: Stakeholder Engagement, Anglo American Platinum), Louise Gardiner (Chair, IAP2SA)

From left to right: Patrick Sithole (Outgoing President of IAIA South Africa), Pravashini Govender (Head: Stakeholder Engagement, Anglo American Platinum), Louise Gardiner (Chair, IAP2SA)

IAP2 SA proudly hosted the 2014 Southern African Core Values Awards for Public Participation on 28 August, at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, during the 19th Annual National Conference of the IAIA South Africa. The Awards were sponsored by the MCI Group South Africa.

Held locally for the second time, submissions to the IAP2 Southern African Awards once again demonstrated a high calibre of professionalism and innovation, with initiatives that have empowered stakeholders to inform and influence planning decisions affecting their communities.

Congratulations to the winning entries!

ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR –  Awarded to Cape Town’s Princess Vlei Forum for their submission “Imagine Princess Vlei”

PROJECT OF THE YEAR: RUNNER UP – Awarded to City of Cape Town and Jeffares & Green Consortium for their submission “WasteWise”

PROJECT OF THE YEAR – Awarded to Anglo American Platinum, SRK Consulting, TTM Consulting and Yamedupi Solutions for their submission “Alchemy: Sustainable Community Futures Beyond Mining Through Mining”

 

About the Awards

Independent Judging Panel 2014

Independent Judging Panel 2014

Held locally for the first time in 2012, the southern African awards are linked to the IAP2 International Core Values Awards, which showcase global excellence in projects and organisations in the practice.

The same criteria and rigorous process were followed, in particular in the application of the IAP2 CORE VALUES.

The independent judging panel this year featured five judges who have each contributed their unique energy and expertise in different ways to promoting excellence in public participation both in South Africa and internationally.

The Awards are a central feature in the mission of IAP2 to advance and extend the practice of public participation around the world. Open to anyone who has undertaken public participation, they have been successfully held annually at an international level for nearly a decade.

Examples of past winners of the International Core Values Awards (IAP2) can be found in the State of the Practice Reports.

 

Back row from left: Kabelo Mphake (IAP2SA board member), Lerato Ratsoenyane (IAP2SA Vice Chair), Erika du Plessis (IAP2SA board member), Louise Gardiner (IAP2SA Chair), Tshidi Tlale-Malao (TTM Consulting), Alex Khumalo (Project Manager Alchemy, Anglo American Platinum).   Front row from Left: Ken Smith (IAP2SA Treasurer), Rodney Lucas, Avril Harding (Princess Vlei Forum), Pravashini Govender (Head: Stakeholder Engagement, Anglo American Platinum), Dani Modupi (Yamedupi Solutions), Herbert Modupi (Yamedupi Solutions), Sonja van der Merwe (Jeffares & Green), Tim Hart (SRK Consulting)

Back row from left: Kabelo Mphake (IAP2SA board member), Lerato Ratsoenyane (IAP2SA Vice Chair), Erika du Plessis (IAP2SA board member), Louise Gardiner (IAP2SA Chair), Tshidi Tlale-Malao (TTM Consulting), Alex Khumalo (Project Manager Alchemy, Anglo American Platinum).
Front row from Left: Ken Smith (IAP2SA Treasurer), Rodney Lucas, Avril Harding (Princess Vlei Forum), Pravashini Govender (Head: Stakeholder Engagement, Anglo American Platinum), Dani Modupi (Yamedupi Solutions), Herbert Modupi (Yamedupi Solutions), Sonja van der Merwe (Jeffares & Green), Tim Hart (SRK Consulting)

 

 

IAP2SA and IAIAsa partner to host 2014 Awards at IAIAsa 19th National Conference

IAP2SA, in partnership with IAIAsa (the South African Affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment), is pleased to announce that the IAP2SA 2014 regional Core Value Awards for Excellence in Public Participation will be held during the IAIAsa 19th National Conference. This is a first ever event when the two Affiliates merge to show the excellence of teamwork by inviting members of both the Affiliates to participate in the planned activities and contribute their talent, knowledge and skills to growing the knowledge of the field of environmental impact assessment which intertwines with the public participation arena.

IAIAsaConferenceDate: Thursday, 28 August 2014 during Awards ceremony of IAIAsa 19th National Conference

Venue: Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Gauteng

 

 

 

CLICK HERE to find out more about the conference and register. Early bird registration ends 4 August.

IAIAsa members are warmly invited to submit entries to the 2014 IAP2SA Core Values Awards. The competition is open to any projects or organisations operating in southern Africa in the past two years that demonstrate successful application of the IAP2 Core Values. The extended deadline for submissions is midnight on Monday 4 August 2014. Winners will be announced at the gala event in August and will be automatically submitted to the IAP2 International Core Values Awards.

Download the joint announcement here.

CLICK HERE for more info on the IAP2 SA Core Values Awards

2014 Southern African Core Values Awards open for entry!

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Click to download Call for Submissions

IAP2 SA invites entries to the 2014 regional Core Values Awards for Excellence in Public Participation. The competition is open to any projects or organisations operating in southern Africa in the past two years that demonstrate successful application of the IAP2 Core Values.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Thursday 31 July. Winners will be announced at a gala event in August and will be automatically submitted to the IAP2 International Core Values Awards.

Submissions are invited in 3 categories: Project of the Year, Organisation of the Year, and Research.

The Awards are aligned with the IAP2 international Core Values Awards and local winners will automatically be submitted to the international Awards for 2014.

IAP2SA hosted the Awards regionally for the first time in 2012. Read more here.

 

CLICK HERE for instructions on how to enter.

 

 

IAP2 Launches New Foundations Training Programme

Click to download the brochure

Click to download the brochure

IAP2 Federation has launched a new training programme to advance the practice of public participation (P2) globally.

Developed in consultation with P2 practitioners from around the world, Foundations in Public Participation will provide with the structure, techniques, and knowledge required for success in today’s rapidly changing public participation and community engagement landscape. This unique training program delivers a consistent P2 model wherever it is conducted.

People want and need to be included in the decisions that affect them. Those of us managing community engagement and P2 processes must ensure that it happens in a respectful, positive, and effective way that creates the best possible outcome for all concerned. And that’s where IAP2 Foundations comes in,” said IAP2 Federation Presiding Member Nomi Muthialu.

The Foundations course updates IAP2’s internationally recognised 5-day Certificate training course. Certificates are issued following completion of the program.

Uncertain about how this affects you? Download the Frequently Asked Questions.

About IAP2 Federation: The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2 Federation), a global leader in the field, works to advance the practice of public participation (P2) and the work of its eight National affiliates. Visit the IAP2 Federation website at www.iap2.org

 

Register online today

IAP2 Southern Africa, in partnership with our local certified trainers, will offer the new Foundations course in September and November 2014. CLICK HERE for the full training schedule and to book your place online.

2014 Training Dates Announced

FoundationsCourse_picWe are excited to announce that IAP2’s internationally recognised, 5-day foundational training course has been updated and refreshed with input from successful practitioners around the world.

Foundations in Public Participation will be launched this July and replaces the previous 5-day IAP2 Certificate Course in Public Participation. It will be delivered in two modules:

  • Planning for Public Participation (3 days)
  • Techniques for Public Participation (2 days)

 

Training dates have been confirmed for the following locations.

  • Johannesburg, 15-19 September 2014
  • Cape Town, 3-7 November 2014

CLICK HERE to find out more and register.

Interested in training opportunities in your region? Email us with your suggestions at admin@iap2sa.org.

Join our first Joburg Public Participation MeetUp

We’re very excited to launch a new way for you to connect with other P2 Peeps via a new Johannesburg Public Participation Meetup.

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Join us next Wednesday (11 June) from 8am-9.30am for coffee and a conversation about core competencies and the certification initiative, and anything else that interests you!

Click the RSVP button below to register and let us know your venue preference (Woodmead or Centurion).

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